Author Interviews – Anna Faversham
Today we’re inviting Anna Faversham, British author of historical fiction, onto the blog. Her stories combine romance, time travel, dangerous smugglers, and a glimpse into the past. From today she’s also running a special offer price for you guys, so check out the details on that at the end of our post.
As always, our questions are in bold, and Anna’s replies are not. All our interviews are unedited – we provide the author replies exactly as they’re given to us.
It’s often said that first novels can be autobiographical. In Hide in Time, Laura Yager storms off to begin an exciting new life in America. How much of Laura’s need for adventure is inspired by your own life?
I don’t have a need for adventure. Adventure lands upon me. I look forward to quiet days. In my latest book, the heroine is finally enjoying a comfortable life when someone thunders into her peace and appeals to her husband for help. This is more or less how I ended up living in the bush in central Africa.
People might assume that I am the protagonist, that’s not quite true. I become the protagonist when I am writing in her or his point of view. There are even some things about Martha, the short and cuddly maid/cook, that are a part of me. Whenever she can’t think of the right word she makes one up. Not a malapropism, nor a spoonerism, but something completely different. I hope that’s all we have in common! And so it is with other main characters, they mostly all have a bit of me. Not the villains, of course. No, not them. How could you think such a thing? And certainly not the first class baddie in my latest, Under a Dark Star.
Time travel is a challenging topic. How do you avoid creating paradox?
If I assume you mean how do I make sure that a character doesn’t go back in time and kill her grandfather, thus making it impossible for her to be alive, then it’s a case of thinking very hard about consequences as I write. That’s good discipline for life too.
Your second book, One Dark Night, moves away from time travel towards straight Historical Romance. Was that a difficult transition to make?
I wrote One Dark Night first and stuffed it in a drawer, just like many other aspiring writers do with their work. So I changed from writing historical romance to time travel!
Difficult transition? It never even occurred to me. What’s worse is that I’d never read any time travel books before (apart from H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine at school). This does mean that Hide in Time is not formulaic. I know that writing to a formula is a quicker route to riches but I prefer to write off-piste, so to speak. Perhaps that’s why my books all have a great dollop of adventure thrown into the mix.
I then dug One Dark Night out of its hiding place, rewrote it and published that as my second book.
Writing historically creates some comic situations in reality. On good days, when my attention is totally focused on something in 1821, I am completely stunned when the telephone rings.
Smugglers are a big part of One Dark Night. What is it about them you find fascinating?
I visited the Margate Caves when I was a teenager and I was enthralled. Great caverns carved out of the chalk, long tunnels leading down to the sea – wow! Then my husband told me about a smuggler in his family history. We both thought it was unlikely and just part of family folk lore gathering glory as the years rolled by. Many years later, it was proved true when I picked up a book and found his name in it. He was indeed a smuggler – and how!
Reading about historical smuggling takes us into a world we can no longer experience – that’s what I find fascinating too. It involves moonless nights, mystery and murder. Many of the incidents in One Dark Night are based on truth. I found researching quite alarming at times. But if you read One Dark Night you’ll find the situation is not so clear cut in 1821 as it is with today’s smugglers. And if you’re Lucy, the heroine, how do you choose between the dashing smuggler and the swashbuckling Revenue Officer? If you’re male, which would you rather be?
You’ve got a special offer on for our readers right now. How long will One Dark Night be priced at 99p/ 99c?
Until late on Monday 8th August.
The sequel to One Dark Night is coming soon. Can you tell us a bit about it?
Under a Dark Star will be the second book in The Dark Moon Trilogy. It’s set in 1823.
The title alludes to Newtonian mechanics, where a star has a gravitational pull strong enough to trap light under Newtonian gravity – making it a Dark Star. It refers to the way the leader of those who wreck ships to plunder their cargo drags everyone into this dark activity whether they like it or not and there is no way out.
It is a sequel to the story of Lucy’s struggles to make a good life for herself and the book starts with her comfortably off with interesting projects to manage and a much loved husband and baby. Readers probably know from their own experience that comfortable times of happiness rarely last long before something or somebody interrupts the peace.
Soon she finds herself on a long and difficult journey to the ‘diamond isle’, The Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England. The reason? Her husband and his friend are going to tackle the wreckers.
Much of the story is told from her husband Daniel’s point of view as he goes undercover pretending to be keen to join in. What he discovers leads to a sentence of death.
Once again, this is not a formulaic romance. It is designed for those who want something different. Action and adventure, mystery and suspense – it suits both men and women who enjoy strong characters and historical action incorporating facts.
Want to find out more about Anna? Check out her website here.